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Politieke determinante in die hedendaagse gesprek oor Afrikaans

M. Verhoef
Literator | Vol 17, No 3 | a620 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v17i3.620 | © 1996 M. Verhoef | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 May 1996 | Published: 02 May 1996

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M. Verhoef, Departement Tale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, Vaaldriehoekkampus, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

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The influence of political determinants on the recent language debate concerning Afrikaans
Public language debates are identified by issues which have little in common with real language issues but which are determined by political parameters. This article focuses on the particular political determinants which played a major role in the recent language debate concerning Afrikaans. The apparent trends of the debate are interpreted against the background of key concepts such as ideology, hegemony, power and rhetoric and the underlying principles of research paradigms such as Critical Linguistic Study and Language Planning. Subsequently the trends which have become apparent from the media debate as well as the implication of the general direction of this debate are evaluated.


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